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Los Angeles Times Undergoes Another Round of Layoffs

lgga_times.jpgThe news is bad from coast-to-coast. FishbowlLA is reporting that the deep cuts taking place at Tribune Co. papers have struck once again. L.A. Times EIC Russ Stanton announced via email this morning that the paper is laying off 75 people from editorial, about 10% of their total staff.

The growing economic downturn is forcing us to undergo another round of job reductions and cost cuts. I deeply regret to report that today, 75 of our friends, colleagues and capable staff members in Editorial will be told that they are losing their jobs. This is about 10% of our total staff and these cuts are comparable in scale to those made on the business side of The Times last week. The severance terms being offered to our colleagues are similar to those offered in the other reductions we’ve faced this year.

In further Tribune news FishbowlDC is reporting that Sam Zell has decided to combine the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times Washington bureaus into one operation. The plan includes reducing the staff of 42 by 12 and eliminating duplicate beats.

When the Twitter Goes Too Far

rmn-twitter-300x197.pngWe are big fans of the Twitter. According to Patrick Gavin, our FishbowlDC comrade in blogging, the Twitter may have had its coming out party during the conventions (we suspect Patrick may have been the one throwing it, actually). But all good things must cross the line eventually. Like, say, for example deciding to twitter a young boy’s funeral for the local paper, which is exactly what someone at the Rocky Mountain News in Colorado recently did. Seriously.

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DNC ’08: Twitter’s Coming-Out Party?

fishDC twit.pngFishbowlDC is twittering up a storm. He’s not the only one, a number of media folk here at the convention have told us they are covering it via twitter. Want to get a sense of what to world of twitter journalism might look like? Take a look at what Patrick Gavin‘s done.

* Nader speaker: “don’t hate the media, become the media” #dnc08 2 minutes ago
* Retweeting @jayrosennyu “How do you get your own show? View from nowhere & cult of toughness? (David)Gregory” #dnc08 3 minutes ago
* Ben smith on obama camp dissing national review writer #dnc08 12 minutes ago
* Sean penn disses “james carvilles of mainstream media” and their ” absece of thought” #dnc08 17 minutes ago
* Sean penn: I’m not pretty enough to be a msm journalist #dnc08 20 minutes ago
* Sean penn mocks “the best political team in television” #dnc08 21 minutes ago
* Calderone piece on the ongoing msnbc turmoil that I think is slowly moving from blind gossip items to news #dnc08 24 minutes ago
* @TheFix daschle this morning said 30 former staffers of his are now with obama #dnc08 about an hour ago

We Want What the Carney’s are Having!

rIpn8Yqi4bhs9dnhycC3AO41_400.jpgWhatever Mr. and Mrs. Carney were feeding their kids it seems to have worked! Via FishbowlDC comes word that Eagle Publishing will continue to publish Robert Novak‘s Evans-Novak Political Report under the leadership of senior reporter Timothy P. Carney. Carney was apparently a protege of Novak’s; in his 2007 memoir Novak described him as “maybe my best political reporter since I began hiring them in 1982.”

For our purposes Carney also happens to be the younger brother of Dealbreaker editor in chief (and sometime FBNY numbers consultant) John Carney. (UPDATE: Apparently, there is another Carney brother, Brian, who’s the on the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal! The NYC water dept. should use the Carney’s for an ad campaign.) We asked John what exactly was in the Carney family cereal that resulted in such illustrious family accomplishments.

We were raised in a bar full of writers called The Lion’s Head, where you were judged not by the principles you held but by your ability to articulate them and defend yourself from criticism. Also we could stay up past bedtime as late as we wanted so long as we were reading.
Words to live by!